As Muslims, we often strive to memorise the Quran to reap the numerous spiritual and practical benefits it offers. While some Surahs are easier to learn, others can be quite challenging. In this blog post, we will discuss the hardest Surahs to memorise, with special emphasis on Surah Al-Baqarah. Furthermore, we will delve into the rewards associated with memorising the Quran, particularly when it becomes difficult.
The Longest Surah: Al-Baqarah
Undoubtedly, Surah Al-Baqarah stands out as the hardest Surah to memorise due to its length. Comprising 286 verses, it is the longest Surah in the Quran. Memorising this Surah requires immense dedication, focus, and perseverance. However, the rewards for mastering Al-Baqarah are immense, as it encompasses numerous themes and teachings, making it a powerful resource for a Muslim’s daily life.
Surah Al-Baqarah is indeed a remarkable Surah with numerous virtues and special qualities. In addition to its length and containing Ayat Al-Kursi, it holds several other unique aspects:
Virtues of Surah Al-Baqarah and Al-Imran
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
“Recite the two bright ones, Al-Baqarah and Al-Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds, or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them”
Ayat Al-Kursi (Verse 255) and The Last Two Ayahs of Al-Baqarah
This verse is known as the Verse of the Throne and is considered the greatest verse in the Quran. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
“Whoever recites the two verses at the end of Surat Al-Baqarah at night, they will suffice him”
The last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah (Verses 285-286) are highly significant, and their recitation provides protection and sufficiency
Surah Al-Baqarah as a protection against Shaytan
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
“Do not turn your houses into graveyards. Indeed, Shaytan does not enter the house where Surat Al-Baqarah is recited”
Surah Al-Baqarah contains a wide range of topics, including the importance of faith, stories of past prophets and nations, laws regarding marriage, divorce, and inheritance, guidance on financial matters, and the laws of fasting and Hajj.
These special qualities and rewards associated with Surah Al-Baqarah demonstrate its significance in the Quran and the life of a Muslim. Memorising and reciting this Surah brings numerous spiritual and practical benefits, making the challenge of learning this difficult surah worth it if you are able to do so.
Other Challenging Surahs to Memorise
There are a few other surahs which could be considered difficult to learn, but maybe Allah will make them easy for you…
Surah Al-Imran (The Family of Imran)
With 200 verses, Surah Al-Imran is the third-longest Surah in the Quran. It discusses various theological issues, stories of past prophets, and lessons for believers. The depth and intricacy of this Surah make it a challenging one to memorise.
Surah An-Nisa (The Women)
Surah An-Nisa contains 176 verses that primarily address matters related to women, family, and social justice. The sheer volume of legal rulings and moral guidance in this Surah can make it difficult to memorise.
Surah Al-A’raf (The Heights)
Surah Al-A’raf, with its 206 verses, presents a blend of narratives and moral teachings. The diversity of topics covered in this Surah can make it a challenge to commit to memory.
Rewards for Memorising the Quran
The rewards for memorising the Quran are immense, as stated by numerous Hadith. For example, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said
“The best among you is he who learns the Quran and teaches it”
Arabic text: خَيْرُكُمْ مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ وَعَلَّمَهُ
Transliteration: “Khayrukum man ta’allama al-Qur’ana wa’allamahu.”(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book 66, Hadith 49)
This Hadith emphasises the importance of both learning and sharing the Quranic knowledge.
Extra Rewards for Struggling with Memorisation
Allah acknowledges the effort and struggle one goes through while trying to memorise the Quran. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
“The one who is proficient with the Quran will be with the noble and obedient scribes (angels), and the one who reads it and fumbles therein and finds it difficult, will have a double reward”
Arabic text: الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ وَهُوَ مَاهِرٌ بِهِ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَةِ وَالَّذِي يَقْرَأُهُ وَهُوَ يَتَعَاهَدُهُ وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِ شَاقٌّ لَهُ أَجْرَانِ
Transliteration: “Alladhi yaqra’u al-Qur’ana wa huwa mahirun bihi ma’a as-safarati al-kirami al-bararati, wa alladhi yaqra’uhu wa huwa yata’aahaduhu wa huwa ‘alayhi shaqun lahu ajran.”(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book 66, Hadith 33)
This Hadith highlights that even when memorising the Quran is challenging, the reward is doubled for those who persevere.
While some Surahs, such as Al-Baqarah, may be harder to memorise due to their length and complexity, it is important to remember that the rewards for memorising the Quran are immense. As Muslims, we must not shy away from challenges, as they provide us with an opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge. The struggles we face while memorising the Quran serve as a reminder that every effort we make in the path of Allah is rewarded, and that we should always strive for excellence in our pursuit of knowledge.
Allah’s Help in Making Difficult Tasks Easy
It is essential to remember that Allah is the ultimate source of ease and support in our lives. When faced with challenging tasks, such as memorising difficult Surahs, we should always turn to Allah for assistance. The Quran reminds us of Allah’s promise to ease our burdens:
“For indeed, with hardship comes ease”(Quran, 94:5)
By sincerely seeking Allah’s guidance and help, we can overcome obstacles and achieve our goals.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also taught us a beautiful dua (supplication) to seek Allah’s help in difficult times:
Arabic text: اللَّهُمَّ لَا سَهْلَ إِلَّا مَا جَعَلْتَهُ سَهْلًا وَأَنْتَ تَجْعَلُ الْحَزْنَ إِذَا شِئْتَ سَهْلًا
Transliteration: “Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahlan, wa anta taj’alul-hazna idha shi’ta sahlan.”
Translation: “O Allah, there is no ease except in what You have made easy, and You make the difficulty, if You wish, easy.”
This dua serves as a powerful reminder that our success in memorising the Quran, or any other task, is ultimately dependent on Allah’s will and support.
By putting our trust in Allah and seeking His help, we can find the strength and patience needed to overcome even the most challenging aspects of memorising the Quran.